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Family sadly leaves home
Elderly couple had lived at Falmouth intersection for half a century but had to move because of the intersection improvement project

 Cornelius (left), Ann and Kenny Day recently moved out of their home at the Falmouth intersection in Stafford.
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Date published: 12/23/2012

BY SCOTT SHENK

Cornelius and Ann Day didn't want to leave their two-story home at the Falmouth intersection.

They lived in the Butler Road home for half a century. And Ann Day practically grew up in the house with relatives who lived there before she and her husband moved in.

Even though traffic continuously passed mere feet from their front door, the couple didn't mind it so much. They wanted to spend the rest of their lives there.

In the end, though, plans to fix the intersection trumped the Days' desire to stay in the home.

The Virginia Department of Transportation bought the Days' property, along with parts or all of 26 others, so lanes could be added to the intersection.

Things still turned out pretty good for the Days.

The couple, who are in their mid-70s, ended up in a quaint three-bedroom home in Stafford's Ferry Farm neighborhood. It has one level, which Ann Day likes. They also have a detached garage and a shed.

And now, instead of constant traffic flowing outside their front door, they barely see any moving vehicles on their cul-de-sac.

Their son, Kenny Day, said his parents got a fair deal.

"I like the house," he said.

Still, it seems like his parents will forever miss their old home.

"I'd rather be where I was, but we're making it the best we can," said Cornelius Day, standing in his new front yard this week.

"It's all you can do," said Ann Day.

She doesn't even want to think about her old home being torn down.

Crews have already started tearing down the buildings around the intersection, and the Days' old home will soon be gone, too.

"I'm gonna cry," she said, shaking her head at the very thought of it.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com